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Smart Business: Abandon Chip?; Transmeta's Crusoe in Trouble?

Feb 13, 2001, 22:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene J. Koprowski)

"Just last summer, everyone in the computer industry was talking about the Transmeta chip, called Crusoe. Now everybody's talking behind Transmeta's back. And Crusoe has been cast away by IBM and Dell, a fate strangely similar to its namesake, author Daniel Defoe's exasperated exile in Robinson Crusoe. What accounts for this reversal in fortune?"

"Simply put, marketing and manufacturing miscues, combined with newfound competition, have left Crusoe stranded in a niche market, its prospects suddenly in doubt."

"It wasn't supposed to be this way. After years of secrecy, Transmeta unveiled Crusoe in January 2000 to intense media interest. To a Wintel-weary world, the chip seemed revolutionary."

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